News, commentary, and fiction by Barb Hendee, co-author of the Noble Dead saga (; author of the Mist-Torn Witches series, the Vampire Memories series, and more.

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On Sale! The Mist-Torn Witches E-Book Edition!

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The Mist-Torn Witches e-Book at $1.99!

Exciting news! As part of a series promotion, our publisher has dropped the price of the e-book for The Mist-Torn Witches (Book One in the series) down to $1.99 though October 30th. The sale is active on all venues selling the e-book.

Today, the BookBub ad also comes out! We'll see what happens (smiles).

If you haven't read this one, it's a fun series. Take advantage of the sale!

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Paperback Edition is Available!

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The paperback edition for Alone with a Thief has gone live!


Researching for the "Real World" vs Fantasy

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In switching from fantasy to romance, there have been a few elements that surprised me a little.

One is the type of research I've been doing.

Even when researching for a fantasy novel, I tend to lean on information from our own world. When writing The Mist-Torn Witches series, I could have made up my own names for all the herbs and the manner in which salves and medicines were created/mixed. But I felt it would ring more true, even in fantasy, to lean our own medieval history. Many historians agree that medieval monks knew a good deal more about healing than physicians of the era. This book, Brother Cadfael's Herb Garden, proved indispensible. It's well laid out, and it covers herbs from A-Z.

Book Birthday!

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The e-book for Alone with a Thief, the next novel in the "Alone" series has gone live at Amazon!

J.C. created a beautiful cover, and the story is an emotional page-turner.


Cover Copy:

Grace McMillan is alone, living in an isolated farmhouse at the base of the Cascade Mountains. Lost in grief, she tries to recover from the death of her father.

Sean Watson is running after suddenly finding himself an accessory to robbery and murder. Driving north in blind panic, on impulse, he heads towards the mountains. In a forested area, he abandons his car and travels on foot, until he comes across a seemingly abandoned farmhouse, a place to hide.

In the night, Grace is awakened by a sound.

She finds herself facing a desperate man surprised at the sight of her, and he instantly takes control. Days and nights pass with two strangers trapped together. As she comes to learn his situation is more complicated than it seems, he finds that hers is more tragic than his. Can they risk trusting each other?

Grace’s instincts are torn between fear and need as she finds herself alone with a thief.

Major Publishers Catching On?

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Any writer who has tried publishing as a "hybrid" (meaning doing both traditional publishing and self-publishing) quickly begins to understand that these are two very different worlds.

Almost everything works differently--even the mindset with a new release.

In traditional publishing, when a new book comes out, it is an "event." If there is any marketing or publicity done by the publisher, it is all done before the book is published. Pre-order numbers are watched carefully, and a book's success or failure is decided in the first week of publication. Of course . . . most are considered failures and thus abandoned.

With a self-published novel, the writer puts the first book of a series up, does a little marketing, and gets started immediately on the second book . . . and then the third. We don't expect to be making much money or to gauge how the series is doing until book four--or even five--goes up. That's also when serious marketing begins. That's when a writer tries for an ad at BookBub. With BookBub, the writer has to apply and show that the series has some potential, and a BookBub ad is expensive, but if you manage to arrange for one, you can really get your series "seen" by thousands of readers. A self-published writer is looking to "grow" a series readership, and this is not a sprint, it's a marathon.

Traditional publishers have begun taking advantage of BookBub, but again . . . mainly with the first book of a new series that is being "launched." Again, the success or failure of the book is decided in the first week of publication. After that, if it's not a huge success coming out of the gate, the book is considered "done."

This is apparently changing somewhat, and I am both surprised and very happy.

I received a message from my publisher, Ace/Roc (Penguin Random House) letting me know that they are going to drop the price of the e-book edition of The Mist-Torn Witches (book one) to $1.99 from October 16th - 30th and pay for a BookBub ad on the 21st. They are beginning to realize there might be potential in an existing series. I am astonished, but I'm happy.